As city commissioners weigh options on where to move the Confederate monument that dominates Munn Park, people on both sides of the issue continue to give their opinions at the board’s twice-a-month meetings.
Eight people spoke to commissioners about the monument during the period at the end of their meeting reserved for audience comments. First were six speakers — three of them from out of town — who favor keeping the 108-year-old monument in place, then two Lakeland residents who want them to hold course with a December decision to move it.
Commissioners voted 4-3 in December to move the monument away from Munn Park and asked City Manager Tony to outline options and costs for moving it.
Delgado followed up March 13 with a report recommending the monument be moved to either Roselawn Cemetery or Veterans Park and listed costs of up to $225,000. A source of funding — public or private — has not been identified yet.
Commissioners have not said yet when they will decide where to place the monument, which memorializes Confederate soldiers who died during the Civil War.
The first two speakers today challenged Delgado’s report, saying it neglected the contributions made to early Lakeland by Confederate veterans and parroted opinions of “radicals” who want to displace Confederate memorials.
Commissioners had no immediate response to the people who spoke about the monument.
Here are tweets based on each of the speaker’s talks, followed by social meida posts about other parts of today’s commission meeting:
Also at today’s commission meeting: